Management

  • Jose Francisco Arata

    Chief Executive Officer and Director

    Mr. Arata was the President of Pacific Exploration & Production Corp. (TSX) (“Pacific Exploration”) from January 23, 2008 until July 2015. He was also Chief Executive Officer and director of Pacific Stratus International Energy Ltd. (TSX) (“Pacific Stratus”) from August 21, 2006 to January 23, 2008. Mr. Arata was also a director of Pacific Coal Resources Ltd. and CGX Energy Inc. (TSX-V) (“CGX”). Mr. Arata is a geologist with vast experience in Latin America markets. He presently serves on boards of various private companies.

  • Wade Felesky

    President and Director

    Mr. Felesky was most recently Head of Investment Banking at Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. and previously Co-Head of Energy Investment Banking at GMP Securities L.P. He has over 25 years of investment banking experience and has been involved as an agent and advisor to the New Stratus team since 2004.

  • Marino Ostos

    Executive Director

    Mr. Ostos was Senior Vice President, New Business Areas for Pacific Exploration from January 23, 2008 until July 2016. He was also Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Stratus from August 2006 to October 2007, President of Colombian Operations of Pacific Stratus from May 2006 to May 2007 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Stratus from October 2004 to August 2006. Mr. Ostos was Principal of Estudios de Ingenieria Geologica LITOS C.A. from December 1999 to October 2004. Mr. Ostos was also a director of CGX until December 2016.

  • Mario Miranda

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Miranda has over 20 years experience in the natural resources and the energy industry. He has broad experience in corporate finance, financial reporting, regulatory and compliance as well as a solid understanding of North America and Latin American business environments.  Mr. Miranda is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelors in Economics from Concordia University, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University and a Master degree in Finance from Queen’s University.

  • Camilo Valencia

    Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. Valencia is a Petroleum Engineer with over 22 years LATAM operations experience.  Has held operational leadership roles in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico.  Significant experience in field development, heavy/light O&G fields.  Planning, drilling, project facilities and ops.

  • Humberto Calderon Berti

    Independant Director

    Mr. Calderon Berti is both a geologist and petroleum engineer and is one of the most recognized and respected names in global energy. He is the former President of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (Venezuela’s state-owned petroleum company) as well as the former President of OPEC (the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries). He also has served as the Minister of Energy and Mines and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in his native Venezuela.

  • Wuilian Mauco

    Independant Director

    Mr. Mauco is an engineer with a Masters degree in International trading. Mr. Mauco is vastly experienced in refining and marketing petroleum products. He started his professional career with PDVSA, the national oil company of Venezuela. He last served as Vice President Marketing at Pacific Exploration.